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Queen Elizabeth has her first royal engagement in months -- but doesn't wear a mask

October 15, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Queen Elizabeth II carried out her first public engagement since Britain's coronavirus lockdown in March, stepping out on Thursday without a mask despite a resurgence of the virus.

London (CNN)Queen Elizabeth II carried out her first public engagement since Britain's coronavirus lockdown in March, stepping out on Thursday without a mask despite a resurgence of the virus.

Neither were wearing face coverings, though they were adhering to social distancing guidelines.

The UK government recommends wearing a face covering in indoor places where "social distancing may be difficult and where you will come into contact with people you do not normally meet. "

Buckingham Palace said that the Queen decided not to wear a mask after consulting her own medics and scientists at the Porton Down military research facility, which is providing vital support to the United Kingdom's Covid-19 pandemic response.

The royal family was directly impacted by the pandemic in March, when Prince Charles, Queen Elizabeth II's eldest son and heir to the British throne, tested positive for coronavirus.

Prince Charles' office said at the time that it was unknown how he caught the virus because of his busy schedule of public events.

In England, face coverings are compulsory in most indoor settings, including visitor attractions and entertainment venues, and in pubs and restaurants, unless seated to eat and drink.

According to the government, people in England are expected to wear a face covering before entering such settings, "unless there is a reasonable excuse for removing it. "

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